The Voice of st leonards senior school

April 2018



SCOTLAND SQUAD | Two of our top rugby players, Alex Samuel and Gabriel Janik-Smith (Year 11) travelled to Wales during the Spring Term holidays to train with the Scotland U16 Development Squad blue team at the Colwyn Bay Rugby Festival.

Scotland U16 is an important stage for ambitious young players, with 50 of the best Scottish sporting stars training in two sides – the reds and the blues.

Congratulations to Alex and Gabriel on their selection and we look forward to supporting and following their progress as they continue to develop their game.


GEOGRAPHY TRIP | The Year 9 and 12 geographers set off for a weekend in Blackpool and Malham on Saturday, 21 April, taking in a whole range of attractions in the seaside town as well as working on their field sketching and data collection skills.

Thank you to Mrs Henderson for her wonderful write-up below:

‘Rollercoaster ride? Check. We did it all. Pupils had a fantastic time from the minute they arrived at Blackpool Football Club Hotel, and with pitch-side rooms, who wouldn’t?

'A guided tour around Blackpool town centre allowed pupils to investigate and understand what the tourist industry can bring to an area. They collected data regarding land use, sharpened their field sketching skills, and experienced the delights of the Central Pier first hand.

'We then embarked on our second destination, Malham, deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. This honey pot site was perfect for our hikes and learning more about limestone pavements and waterfalls.

'The Geography Department would like to highly commend every pupil on the trip for their good behaviour and enthusiastic participation in all activities. A special thank you goes to Breanna Hawden and Emily Seymour-Dale for their leadership skills and work towards their CAS project as part of the IB Diploma.'


George Rees (Year 13)
Emma Ylitalo (Year 10)
Pablo Gomez-Martin (Year 8)
Rowan Easson (Year 8)

ROTARY PHOTOGRAPHY | At the end of March, the Art Department received the fantastic news that George Rees, Emma Ylitalo, Pablo Gomez-Martin and Rowan Easson had all gone through to the district level of the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year competition.

Emma (Year 10) and George (Year 13) went through to the District Finals at Senior Level, while Rowan and Pablo (Year 8) entered at Intermediate level. Congratulations to Emma, who was awarded 2nd place at Senior Level, and to George, who was Commended.

The judges said it was a difficult decision because the choice of subject for this year’s theme, ‘A different perspective’, was so varied, adding that ‘there was some beautiful photography’.


TUTOR GROUP FAREWELL | With the Year 13 students heading off on study leave for their IB Diploma exams, some of our tutors have been saying goodbye to their groups. Mrs Samuel's tutees marked their last Tutor Time with lots of chocolate treats!


HOCKEY TOUR 2018 | Our Year 8 and 9 hockey girls headed off on their Easter Mini-Tour to Glasgow on Thursday, 22 March. Accompanied by Mr Baxter and Miss Dawson, the girls played a series of matches against different schools, followed by a special visit to the impressive Glasgow Green National Hockey Centre, constructed in 2014 for the Commonwealth Games.

There, our girls engaged in a training session led by Scottish Hockey Internationalist, Susan McGilvery. They were then able to ask her questions about her career, training methods and top tips to succeed at the sport.

Both St Leonards teams performed well throughout the tour, with Year 8 finishing 2nd, and Year 9 placing 4th in their respective groups in the final day tournament at the High School of Glasgow.

The girls even managed to find some time to do a spot of shopping, bowling, and enjoyed a well-deserved trip to Pizza Express!

Congratulations on a successful trip!


CONGRATULATIONS CALEDONIA | Congratulations to the Caledonia U17 squad on their 26-17 win against Borders & East Lothian U17 on Wednesday, 11 April in the BT Sports Academy U17 Final.

It was great to see our Head Boy, Harry Mercer, representing St Leonards Madras Rugby in the winning line-up!


MUCK UP DAY | It has become something of a tradition at St Leonards that our Year 13 leavers can spend one day in fancy dress having all sorts of fun around the school grounds. This year, the day in question was Thursday, 19 April, when the Year 13 students took to Ollerenshaw lawn for a water and foam fight in the sun!

We spotted lots of Bohemian outfits, colourful wigs, national dress and even the odd cheerleader around the campus. We hope Year 13 enjoyed ‘Muck Up Day’, which was the perfect way to let off steam before the start of their IB Diploma exams!


NICK BROWNE MEMORIAL LECTURE | On Wednesday, 25 April, a group of enthusiastic St Leonards debaters attended the inaugural Nick Browne Memorial Lecture at Parliament Hall in St Andrews. Entitled 'Patient Diplomacy', the lecture was delivered by Sir Geoffrey Adams, and drew on Sir Nicholas Browne's recently declassified internal report on British policy towards Iran in the run-up to the Islamic Revolution of 1979, as well as his own 37 years of diplomatic experience.

Sir Nicholas Browne was an influential British diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Iran from 1999-2002 and Ambassador to Denmark from 2003-2006. He sadly died from Parkinson's disease in 2014 and a series of lectures has been set up in his memory.

Thank you to Hannah Wood (Year 10) for writing the following report of the group's outing to Parliament Hall:

'I would first like to note, before I dive into my report of the lecture, that we all found it fascinating, as it opened our minds to the inner workings of diplomacy and the sometimes challenging countries which our Foreign Office has to deal with.

'After being introduced, Sir Geoffrey Adams began his talk with reference to the Report on British Policy on Iran 1974-1978 by Sir Nicholas Browne, which happened to be written two years ahead of its annual time. (For anyone with interest in reading the report, it has recently been declassified.)

'Moving on, Sir Geoffrey spoke of his own experience being an Ambassador to Iran. At this point, he introduced us to the art of 'patient diplomacy'.

'When asked about his thoughts on the most recent nuclear deal with Iran, Sir Geoffrey spoke fervently. He expressed his belief that the deal, although not great, was as good as it was going to get.

'Robert Ferguson, a Year 12 from our own debating society, asked: 'How do you deal with groups who do not wish to negotiate?'. Sir Geoffrey replied to this by saying that groups who were willing to communicate often were willing to negotiate - the IRA being an example of this. However, if problematic and interfering groups were not willing to communicate or negotiate, we had effective troops ready to deploy and deal with any situation, should it evolve.

'For my conclusion, I would like to thank Mrs Samuel and Mrs McGregor for making the trip possible and doing so out of their own time. It was a great opportunity and experience for all the attendees, from Year 8 to Year 12, so a massive thank you from all of us!'

- Hannah Wood (Year 10)


SAVE THE DATE | With just over a month to go, the countdown is on for this year’s Art Exhibition Preview and Parents Association Summer Drinks Reception on Friday, 8 June!

We’re looking forward to welcoming St Leonards families, friends and members of the public to browse what promises to be another wonderful display of pupil art from our Senior School Art & Design students.


JUNIOR SCHOOL OPEN MORNING | Our next St Leonards Junior School Open Morning takes place on Monday, 7 May from 9.00am. This is a chance to spend the morning in St Andrews, learn about our inspiring curriculum for Years 1-7, meet pupils and staff, and experience Beach School in action.

Please do spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested in attending. We look forward to welcoming prospective families to the Junior School next week!

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